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Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Pursue a Meaningful Career with a Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree from Gannon University 

    Gannon’s communication sciences and disorders program provides you with the educational foundation for understanding and treating speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders. Engage with faculty in an inter-professional and collaborative environment that promotes scholarship and service, and explore meaningful careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, education and rehabilitative health care.

    • Collaborate with health care professionals and community members on service projects and real-world internships. 
    • American Speech-Language Hearing AssociationFaculty include licensed speech-language pathologists certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
    • Learn about the challenges and rewards of a career in speech-language pathology, audiology, health care and education.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Communication Sciences and Disorders

    • Learn the underlying anatomical, physiological, neurological and cognitive issues that impact communication, education and hearing and swallowing needs across the life span.
    • Embrace future issues of health care and education for a diverse population through a comprehensive theoretical and practical curriculum.
    • Become a compassionate leader in professions including speech-language pathology, audiology, rehabilitation therapy, special education and counseling. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Obtain 25 supervised, clinical observation hours required for an advanced degree in speech-language pathology and audiology.
    • Engage with faculty in a collaborative, inter-professional learning environment.
    • Understand the professional issues and clinical responsibilities in providing professional health care and educational services in various settings within a diverse society.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses:

    Phonetics: Study acoustic, linguistic and articulatory properties of speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Learn transcription and differences in speech production.

    Introduction to Audiology: Explore the scope of practice, anatomy and physiology of hearing mechanisms, hearing science and audiometry and learn methods for assessing, evaluating and rehabilitating hearing disorders. 

    Communication Disorders in Children and Adults: Study the genetics, etiologies, diagnosis and interventions for speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders in adults and children, as well as prevention, education, advocacy and treatment of disorders.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Gannon’s communication sciences and disorders program provides you with an array of opportunities to prepare you for a purposeful career. You will:

    • Develop foundations to pursue advanced degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology.
    • Understand the fundamental process of communicating and the current linguistic, developmental, psychological and acoustic theories that contribute to the knowledge of human communication.
    • Earn an annual median wage of $56,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Program Director

    Mary McDermott

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the biological, physiological, & neurological principles related to speech, language, hearing, & swallowing.
  2. Understand and explain the fundamental process of communicating & the current linguistic, developmental, psychological, and acoustic theories that contribute to the knowledge of human communication.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge and process for the evaluation and therapeutic interventions for communication disorders.
  4. Effectively demonstrate oral and written communication skills to identify and explain content knowledge and application of critical thinking skills.
  5. Understand and explain the practice of compassionate and culturally sensitive care & education for individual needs and service to the greater community.
Thea Woolslare

Thea Woolslare Communication Sciences and Disorders

"I believe everyone has the right to communicate, and I hope to provide the resources to do so."

Hannah Eckert

Hannah Eckert School of Rehabilitative Sciences

“I have evolved into an open-minded, educated and powerful woman because of the friends, professors and mentors that I have met within (my) program and the university. I have never felt more prepared to take on my career, and life in general, because of the lessons I have learned while studying here at Gannon.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.